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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffVideo-Cellar Date: Nov 19, 2009 8:41pm
Forum: 78rpm Subject: Re: Copyright exists -- Free 20s Jazz Collection

The copyright clearance places just do the research and certification. But you can also do your own research if you document it. You usually have to get two records showing the composers date of death and the works publication date. Scans of newpaper obits and Birth, Deaths and Marriages records usually does the job. Most of this stuff is online or at the local library on mcrofilm. The scans of the US copyright registries in the Texts section of IA can be used as evidence of publication for US works from before 1923.

There used to be a research and clearances service for film called InSynch. I think they have been sold off but if you google "copyright clearance" you should find something.

The insurance comes from an insurer. Most Australian insurers have a IP and copyright claims option in Professional Indemnity Insurance. You can bundle copyright and public liabilty (and sometimes completion) into the one policy. Some policies cover you for everywhere but charge a little extra for North American coverage.

The 'Bono' Extension was last US 20 Year copyright extension from 1998. It was named after Sonny Bono who had instigated the legislation in the early 90s. It extended the full term copyright for US works made before 1978 from 75 years to 95 years.

I am from Australia. I own one of the last few public domain movie collections that hasn't been bought out by the copyright industry.